An afternoon less ordinary with the most famous four notes in orchestral music.

It’s triumph. It’s tragedy. It’s fate knocking at the door. It’s the most famous four notes in classical music. It’s Beethoven’s Fifth, and if you already know how it goes (or if you’ve never heard it in your life), guest conductor Maxim Emelyanychev has got some thrilling surprises in store. Add Mendelssohn’s Scottish seascape, Carlos Simon’s piece inspired by Beethoven’s Fifth, and Mozart’s sparkling showpiece for two CBSO stars, and expect an afternoon less ordinary…

About Beethoven 5

Where Have I Heard it Before?

Whether you know it as the theme tune to Judge Judy or the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club, Beethoven's Symphony No.5 will be lurking somewhere at the back of your mind.

Symphony No. 5 Beethoven

Full programme

  • Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture  (10mins)
  • Mozart, Concerto for Flute and Harp  (29mins)
  • Simon, Fate Now Conquers  (5mins)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 5  (31mins)


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